Chaoha comments

Posted in: Tokyo Skytree’s disappointing attendance so far: 6.19 million visitors See in context

Tokyo Sky Tree is a tourist site in disguise.... its primary function is a transmission tower. From the official site: "The major role of TOKYO SKYTREE is transmission of digital terrestrial broadcasting. Digital terrestrial broadcasting has already been in use since December 2003 in the Kanto area, but due to the many tall buildings rising over 200m high in central Tokyo, it has become necessary to build a new tower higher than 600m for broadcasting transmission purposes." Visitors are duped into paying for the construction of this "architectural symbol" of Tokyo. A scheme thought up by un imaginative marketers. At least other cities had the good sense to hire the right designers (St. Louis arch, Eiffel Tower, Space Needle)

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